Terry D. Silva


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Gloucester, MA - Terry D. Silva, 70, of Gloucester, husband of Dale A. (Gospodarek) Silva, passed away unexpectedly on Sat., June 15, 2019. He was born in Beverly, Mass., on July 22, 1948, the son of the late Joseph C. and Ruth E. (Grover) Silva. He attended Gloucester High School and graduated with the class of 1967 and furthered his education at Bridgeton Academy in Bridgeton, Maine, from 1967-68 and was elected to the Bridgeton Academy Hall of Fame. He then attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., on a football scholarship, earning his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. This is where he found the love of his life, Dale.
He is survived by his wife Dale, whom he was married to for 46 years; his children Kelli Silva, Rocky Silva and his wife Kristen (Ellis), Lynn Silva and significant other, Orlando Severino; and his two grandchildren, Gia and Julian Silva who were his pride and joy; sisters Deborah Marshall and husband Gene Marshall, Lauri Francis and husband Michael Francis; along with nieces and nephews including Gene Marshall Jr. and wife Keri, Corey Marshall and wife Katie, Ashley Germain and husband Steven, Taylor Francis and significant other Billy Coyle, Abigail, Rebekah and Caleb Francis; and his great-nieces and -nephews, Connor, Brendan, Maci, and Emma Marshall.
Terry was a dedicated elementary Physical Education teacher from 1974-2009 in the Gloucester Public School System. Terry dedicated his time to the after school programs at the Fuller School that included a Family Obstacle Course, Ice Cream Socials and his well-known end of the school year Field Day. Terry played a significant role as a Freshman Coach from 1974-1977; he was the Varsity Line Coach from 1970-1980 under Head Coach Gerry Hart, and the Head Football Coach from 1981-2003. Some of the countless highlights of Terry's coaching career include: 154 wins, 71 losses, and three ties. He won the League Championship eight times, won three Super Bowl Championships out of six appearances, and had two undefeated seasons. He was also Coach of The Year eight times, Boston Globe Coach of the Year three times, was a Shriner's Game Coach three times, an Agganis Game Coach two times, and was a member of the Mass. High School Association and elected into the Mass. High School Football Coaches Association 2011 Hall of Fame. The 1987 team gave Terry his first undefeated season and his first appearance at a Super Bowl game at Foxboro Stadium. Terry's other greatest accomplishment was to have his son, Rocky Silva, on the sideline as a water-boy, and then coaching him during the 1997-1998 season, and then hiring Rocky as his Freshman Football Coach.
Terry had a passion for racehorses which went head to head with coaching and teaching. His love of horses came from his father, Joe Silva, who was a trainer and owner of horses that ran at Suffolk Down and Rockingham Park. Terry was a longtime member of the Gloucester Fraternity Club.
Once Terry hung up his whistle from coaching football and training horses he took over the Good Harbor Beach Concession "The Beach Pit" from 1999-2014, where he employed family and community members. The influence of Terry's entrepreneurial skills influenced his youngest daughter to purchase Bishco in Gloucester in 2016. Terry was Lynn's right-hand man and you could find them together daily working side by side.
His visiting hours will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Fri., June 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial and service will be held privately. A celebration of life will be held at the Gloucester Elks on Sat., June 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. Flowers are acceptable, but please omit lilies, or contributions may be made in his memory to: Gloucester Fisherman Athletic Association, checks payable to: GFAA, P.O. Box 3010 Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences may be given at greelyfuneralhome@verizon.net.
Published on June 18, 2019
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8 posts

Debbi strescino
Jun 22, 2019
Terry was my friend on Facebook. We have some very spirited conversation politically speaking .He was a great guy. So sorry for your loss.
Ted komi
Jun 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss.terry taught me when i was a kid at veterans memorial school and at plumcove for summer school.I worked with him at fuller school for ten years as a custodian.I and many other's will always remember Terry.
Sandy Parks MacPherson
Jun 21, 2019
Dale, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jerry Higgins
Jun 19, 2019
Dale and family,

To say I was stunned when I heard the news about Terry's passing is an understatement. It's tough to put into words what he meant to me as a first-time sports editor at the Gloucester Daily Times, as well as what you and he meant to me as friends and as a "second family." He helped me adjust to the Gloucester community as we shared a lot in common on dealing with scrutiny away from the workplace. He knew when to put a hand on my shoulder, give a squeeze and say, "You OK, big guy?" And the many times you and Terry invited me to your house meant so much as well. The Lord has a good one with him today and we will all miss Terry. My condolences to you and the family for this in
...credible loss.

Jerry Higgins
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Kathy Iannacci
Jun 18, 2019
Dale, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Warm regards
Diane Sciola
Jun 18, 2019
Dale, I am so sorry for this unimaginable loss you are facing. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I hope your memories will eventually make you smile. Love Diane Sciola
Ken and Cindy Perrone
Jun 18, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Silva family.Terry did so many wonderful things with his life. I am sure God is well pleased with his many accomplishments on earth. Terry is now with God starting his new promised life after death. Our loss on earth is certainly Gods gain in Heaven.
Please know our prayers and thoughts will be with the Silva family during this difficult time.
Terry, will be remembered ALWAYS, be missed ALWAYS, and be loved for eternity by his many friends teams and family.
With all our love,
Ken and Cindy Perrone,Danvers, MA.
Fred Leonow
Jun 18, 2019
Dale and family,
So sorry for your loss.